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Colin Hughes posted an update 2 years ago
My latest for AbilityNet on how Apple’s Siri voice assistant can now answer your calls … but can’t hang up. How the tech giant’s software and devices need to become more accessible to disabled people in 2021Siri can now answer your calls … but can't hang up |…
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Domiciliary care ignored by the vaccine rollout 2 years, 4 months ago
Nadhim Zahawi, the Minister for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment, has said he is confident the government will meet its vaccine targets.
The first of these targets that government ministers have set themselves is to […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Digital divide: disabled people and Covid-19 2 years, 4 months ago
For some, being forced to stay home and work remotely via Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a temporary reprieve from the daily commute. Employers have supported workers to work from home, and for those […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, iOS 14 review: access all areas? 2 years, 7 months ago
After three months of beta testing over the summer Apple has released iOS 14 to the public. It includes a range of new features, including widgets on the Home screen, an all-new App Library, and much […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, SpeechWare TwistMike review 2 years, 8 months ago
SpeechWare is a Belgian company with a great reputation in the speech recognition industry for professional microphones that are regarded as among the very best you can get.
I have been using the company’s USB […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Echo Frames review: Amazon’s smart glasses 2 years, 8 months ago
Echo Frames are an Amazon Day 1 product released earlier this year. Day 1 products are pilot products for testing that may or may not get released to consumers.
In autumn 2019 Amazon announced it would be […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, The next big electric wheelchair innovation is right under your nose 2 years, 10 months ago
I have been using an electric powered wheelchair for more than 40 years. In the 1980s powered wheelchairs were very basic and did little more than take you from A to B.
Thankfully, over the decades technology […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Laughing Man on Apple WWDC 2020 2 years, 11 months ago
1) Better Voice Control and dictation – support for UK English, and a beefed-up Siri speech-to-text engine. Fixing a bug that mangles text dictated into the main Google search text box.
2) Smarter Siri […]
Colin Hughes posted an update 2 years, 11 months ago
A bit of a laugh as we wait for Apple WWDC 2020 later today! We love you Apple but sometimes you get things oh so wrong!
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, WWDC 2020: Ultimate accessibility wish list 2 years, 11 months ago
We’re just a few hours away from WWDC 2020 — Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This year it is a completely online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual keynote is later today where the c […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Hey Siri open sesame: controlling a smart home with Apple’s assistant 2 years, 11 months ago
Readers of Aestumanda may recall I had my electric door opener automated with Amazon Alexa voice control just before the UK went into Covid 19 lockdown earlier this year. Due to the lockdown I have had few […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, 4 ways Apple can improve Voice Control 2 years, 12 months ago
It’s a year since Apple first unveiled its flagship accessibility feature called Voice Control at WWDC 2019. With an inspiring short film the company showed Ian McKay, a disability advocate and outdoor enthusiast, […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, macOS 10.16 Wishlist: 3 ways Apple can improve accessibility 3 years ago
Please note: when Apple unveiled the latest version of macOS at WWDC 2020 in June it bumped the version number up to macOS 11.0
A couple of weeks ago Apple invited select developers to attend an accessibility […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, watchOS 7 Wishlist: 3 ways Apple can improve accessibility 3 years, 2 months ago
Last year I wrote about how the release of voice-activated hands-free hey Siri in the second-generation Airpods improved access to the Apple Watch for people with severe physical disabilities.
Where previously […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, iOS 14 Wishlist: 5 ways Apple can improve accessibility 3 years, 2 months ago
Earlier this week I installed a fairly significant update to the iPhone’s operating system iOS 13.4. Whilst it included new features such as iCloud Drive folder sharing, and improvements to the Mail application […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Waking up to Alexa: 2020 follow-up 3 years, 2 months ago
Aside from the coronavirus threatening me and the rest of the world it has been a very positive start to 2020 as I continue extending my smart home to give me more independence, choice and control of my […]
Colin, I was so glad to have found this just minutes before ordering a Broadlink box to achieve the same goal as you! Your article saved me wasting a lot of time, so thank you! Would you mind sharing perhaps some more detail on how I could replicate the same setup myself, please? I am familiar with SBCs etc but have never worked with Arduino before…
Any guidance you could share would be Ace!
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, The King is dead: why the customer is no longer always right 3 years, 4 months ago
The customer is king. Everyone takes that old saying as gospel. But is it still true today? Is the customer always right? I am really starting to wonder.
I ordered a new washing machine from Samsung, the old […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Access denied: Apple and the iPhone Upgrade Programme 3 years, 4 months ago
iPhones are eye-wateringly expensive. The latest one, the iPhone 11 Pro, costs from £1,049 but is a product that is unrivalled for its size with a gold standard camera, great screen and 32-hour battery […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, Time to tax the tech giants 3 years, 6 months ago
As Labour’s election pledge suggests, digital technology is no longer seen as a luxury. Rolling out broadband for all has been likened to the great Victorian projects to provide clean water, or the building of t […]
Colin Hughes wrote a new post, A letter to Apple from a lone voice in the wilderness 3 years, 6 months ago
In the year Apple has released its most significant accessibility initiative ever it may not be popular to express the idea that in some areas Apple is failing its most severely disabled consumers but it has to be […]
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